What better way to celebrate a 400-year legacy than with 37 plays in 97 minutes?  Yes, it is The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), the Comedies, Histories and Tragedies all accelerated in one madcap performance which will leave one rolling on the floor in fits of laughter.

Fans of the theatre and the Bard will no doubt already be familiar with this popular show. It was the brainchild of the Reduced Shakespeare Company and was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. It subsequently became one of the longest running comedies in the West End.

Rapid recitation

Featuring only three actors, the performance opens with Romeo and Juliet and clocks the fastest version of Hamlet at 43 seconds.  Daily Variety noted, “A madcap condensation that features non-stop laughs. “

Back by popular demand

The Cayman Drama Society (CDS) produced the show to rave reviews in 1999, and is now bringing it back with two of the original cast members: Chris Mann and Malcolm Ellis.  This upcoming production sees Rory Mann as both cast member and director.

The society is excited to be able to take part in Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, along with the rest of the world. This show is the second Shakespearean event for the local theatre this year, as it started off 2016 with a two-week workshop on performing Shakespeare.

The CDS is also pleased to be welcoming Cambridge Shakespeare’s cast in September for their performance of “As You Like it.”

Tickets for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) are selling fast. You do not want to miss this somewhat irreverent take on the Bard which will leave you gasping for air.

The Curtain Call bar has already come up with a list of special cocktails just for the occasion, so choose your “poison” wisely.

“If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!” – The Today Show.